Whether you've just purchased your first home and it has an old sauna in it, or you're looking to remodel your home and add a sauna, there are mistakes you must avoid. Any purchase for your home, from a washer and dryer to paint colors, is worthy of serious consideration to ensure you make the best possible choice. It is important that you don't get caught up in the excitement of installing a new sauna in your home.
Instead, take your time and carefully consider the sauna models you've viewed online. The following points are some of the critical mistakes you need to avoid when looking for that perfect sauna to install in your home.
Type of Heater
Infrared heaters have largely replaced the old wood burning saunas used throughout much of human history in heat rooms. However, not all infrared heaters are made the same. As you compare models, you need to avoid inefficient, poor quality heaters that leave you spending more money on utility bills and waste time as you wait for the sauna to get up to proper temperatures.
You need to pay attention to the assembly systems that hold your sauna together. If you've purchased from a suspect vendor, you could have a poorly assembled unit in your home that doesn't hold heat (at best) or fails to stand the test of time (at worst). Factors to keep an eye on include:
- Exterior buckles
- Slide clasps
Types of Wood
The type of wood used to construct your sauna plays a big role in the joy you'll get from your investment. Woods such as Aspen, Basswood, and Fir are not suitable types for use in a sauna if you plan on using it frequently over the years to come. These are soft, light woods with low tensile strength. The result is a sauna that has poor decay and shock resistance, and could warp, dent, or scratch easily.
Instead, look for saunas produced using Hemlock and Canadian/Western Red Cedar. These woods have natural beauty that helps create a welcoming environment, but also have functional strength and durability. Hemlock is very stable and not likely to cup, check, or twist over time. Red Cedar has a low shrinkage factor and is highly unlikely to warp, twist, or check while you own your sauna.
If you're going to install an outdoor sauna, Canadian/Western Red Cedar is a must. Not only does it boast the benefits mentioned above, it has also has the best heat retention among woods commonly used in sauna construction.
When you buy a sauna with glass panels, it enhances the beauty and appeal of your sauna. With that said, be aware that too many glass panels used in the construction of your sauna means less heat inside. Not only does the glass not hold heat in as well, more space dedicated to glass doors means less space for infrared heating panels to provide warmth.
Keep these elements in mind as you shop online for a new sauna, and you'll be sure to pick the best sauna possible to help you kick back and relax in style for years to come.
If you have any questions, or need some advice during your search for the perfect sauna, feel free to contact us anytime!